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October 30, 2014

Tonight Picks, Night-Before-Halloween Edition: Terror Behind The Walls, Ghost Tours And A Cemetery Flashlight Tour, Halloween Parties At Alla Spina, Silk City And Cantina, A Zombie Bar Crawl And More

Terror Behind the Walls

Halloween is almost here and the city is abuzz with after-dark happenings to celebrate the ghoulish day.
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s here, Philly. The weekend-long celebration of All Hallow’s Eve can officially commence. Start your Halloween weekend early with Halloween eve festivities taking place across the city.

Zombies take over Northern Liberties at the annual Zombie Bar Crawl. Crawlers are asked to come in their spookiest zombie makeup and apparel and crawl from bar to bar in search of brains… or, beer.

All over town, bars including Alla Spina, Silk City and Cantina Los Caballitos host costume bashes, dance parties and more. Laurel Hill Cemetery turns up the scare factor with a flashlight tour of its creepy grounds and much more.

Eastern State Penitentiary continues to add some spook to your step — seriously — at its Terror Behind the Walls haunted house, and ghost tours fill Old City with spooky stories and tales of the undead.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Bonus: Philadelphia was recently declared the best city to be a vampire in — we’re not kidding — all the more reason to get out and celebrate Halloween.

Terror Behind the Walls

Spend the eve before Halloween at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary as the haunted attraction scares up some fun at its annual haunted house. Be warned, Terror Behind the Walls is scarier and more interactive than ever before — making for the perfect night-before-Halloween activity. Save $3 when you purchase tickets to Terror Behind the Walls online using discount code VISITPHILLY31.

When: Thursday, October 30, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost: $19 in advance, $25 at the door

Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour

Tiptoe carefully through cobblestone streets as the Spirits of 76 Ghost Tour guides tell tales of history and hauntings, stopping at 20 scary sites in some of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods

When: Thursday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Leaves from Mrs. K’s Koffee Shop, 325 Chestnut Street
Cost: $17.50 for adults, $12.50 for children

Ghost Tours of Philadelphia

Discover what may be lurking behind the shadows throughout some of the oldest sections of Philadelphia. Ghost Tours of Philadelphia uncover haunted spots throughout Society Hill, Independence Mall and Washington Square, telling chilling tales of Benedict Arnold and Founding Fathers along the way.

When: Thursday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tours leave from Signers Garden at 5th and Chestnut streets
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children

Zombie Bar Crawl in Northern Liberties

Brains! The neighborhood of Northern Liberties welcomes zombies for the annual Zombie Crawl. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests are encouraged to dress in their best zombie apparel and head out to bars throughout the neighborhood for specials on Magic Hat beer and Jägermeister. The bash will start at North Bowl with zombie makeup consultations and drink specials. From there, zombies will crawl to six bars in the area. Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 in advance.

When: Thursday, October 30, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Starts at North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $5 in advance, $10 at the door; Pay as you go food and drinks

’90s Halloween Bash at Alla Spina

Alla Spina, Marc Vetri’s Italian gastropub, celebrates Mischief Night with a ’90s party complete with free food, drink specials and hits from the ’90s. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best ’90s apparel for the chance to take home a prize from the costume contest. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

When: Thursday, October 30, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Alla Spina, 1410 Mt. Vernon Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Local Legends Flashlight Tour at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Pack a flashlight and prepare for an evening of bone-shivering, spine-tingling eerie tales when storytellers gather around campfires at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery and regale visitors with Ghost Tales and Goosebumps: Local Legends by Firelight, followed by palpitation-calming hot cider and snacks.

When: Thursday, October 30, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
Cost: $20

Costume Party at Silk City

Costume contests and prizes make for a Halloween-inspired Thursday at Silk City. Dutty Chutney and DJ Sega are the evening’s entertainment. Cover is free before 10 p.m., $5 from 10 p.m. to midnight and $7 after midnight.

When: Thursday, October 30, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street
Cost: Pay as you go

(Photo by Anthony Finan courtesy R'lyeh Imaging)

Embark on a flashlight tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery, led by scary storytellers. (Photo by Anthony Finan courtesy R’lyeh Imaging)

Halloween Party at Cantina Los Caballitos

Seasonal food specials, pumpkin margaritas, prizes for best costumes and more await patrons at South Philly’s Cantina Los Caballitos on October 30. Dancing, a DJ and drink specials top off a fun night on East Passyunk Avenue.

When: Thursday, October 30, 9 p.m.
Where: Cantina Los Caballitos, 1651 E. Passyunk Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

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October 30, 2014

Now Open: Chef George Sabatino And His Wife Jennifer Debut Aldine Restaurant In Rittenhouse Square


The window-filled dining room at Aldine is now open for business. Get there soon to try the latest from Philadelphia chef George Sabatino and his wife Jennifer. (Photo courtesy Aldine)

Chef George Sabatino has been a key fixture in acclaimed kitchens all around the city, working at such hot spots as Fork and Barbuzzo before helming his own kitchen at Stateside.

Since his Stateside departure, Sabatino’s projects have been numerous, including seasonal eateries Morgan’s Pier and The Lodge at Waterfront Winterfest, as well as menu design for South Philly’s Boot & Saddle bar.

Now, he takes a great big leap with the opening of Aldine, a new restaurant at 19th and Chestnut streets now serving in a second-floor space near Rittenhouse Square.

For the talented chef’s first solo venture as a chef-owner, Sabatino kept his team close and partnered with his wife, Jennifer, who’s also a veteran of the Philadelphia dining scene, having manned top bar programs.

In the second-story space that was once Noche, the Sabatinos, with the help of Philadelphia-based Boxwood Architects, have created a welcoming 70-seat restaurant and eight-seat bar with an open floor plan anchored by lots of window and an exhibition kitchen.

Aldine’s menu draws on Sabatino’s experience cooking with seasonal flavors, the best ingredients and — above all — interesting pairings.

Among the dozen or so dishes currently on the menu are inventive combinations of cauliflower with orange rind, hazelnut and black truffle; crab with red chili and lime juice; halibut with beet root, house-made yogurt and trout roe; and a hanger steak with broccoli, egg yolk and pressed beef tendon.

From the bar, Jennifer Sabatino has crafted a no-less-interesting menu of creative cocktails (go for the fall-appropriate bourbon with apple quince cordial and ginger ale), boutique wines, craft beer and housemade sodas.

After dinner and drinks, guests should save room for desserts, too. Pastry chef Sara May formerly of The Franklin Fountain, is onboard to turn out such sweet plates as ginger cake with blackstrap molasses and fennel fritters with something dubbed “maple snow.”

To start, service will be a la carte, but expect tasting menus to come by mid-November. For the complete opening menus, see below.

Dinner is served Tuesday through Sunday starting at 4 p.m., and the bar hours extend past the kitchen’s close — 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and midnight on Sunday.

Make your reservations soon — we’re betting the Sabatinos’ first venture will soon join the ranks of its chef’s former kitchens as one of Philadelphia’s top spots.

Now Open: Aldine
When: Tuesday-Saturday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.-midnight
Where: 1901 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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October 30, 2014

Love Your Park Fall Service Day Returns With Opportunities To Clean Up And Prepare More Than 70 City Park For Winter On Saturday, November 15

Penn Treaty Park

Celebrate Philly’s parks by helping to get them in tip-top shape for winter by participating in Love Your Park Fall Service Day on November 15. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Celebrate Philadelphia’s expansive park system by doing your part to keep the city parks clean by participating in Love Your Park Fall Service Day, which hits more than 70 parks across the city on Saturday, November 15.

Register online now to get involved and help some of the city’s most popular parks get in tip-top shape.

The day-long service event gets parks from West Philly to Fishtown and Graduate Hospital to South Philly ready for winter by sweeping, raking and planting trees and bulbs.

Participating parks include Cedar Park, Dickinson Square Park, Rittenhouse Square, Schuylkill River Park, Starr Garden, Penn Treaty Park, Belmont Plateau and Hawthorne Park.

The full list of participating parks is available right here.

Remember, no experience is necessary and signing up is easy.

Show your love for Philly parks!

Love Your Park Fall Service Day
When: Saturday, November 15
Where: Participating Parks
Cost: Free
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October 30, 2014

Last Chance: Independence Beer Garden Wraps Up Its First Season This Weekend And Celebrates With A Closing Party On Sunday, November 2

Independence Beer Garden

The huge outdoor area of One South Independence Mall West was transformed into Independence Beer Garden this summer. Get there before it closes for the season! (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

This past summer, the 22,000 square-foot outdoor area of One South Independence Mall West welcomed awesome alfresco space Independence Beer Garden, and the place has been a bona fide hit.

The latest venture for chef Michael Schulson, also of Sampan in Midtown Village, the mobile IBG Truck and Izakaya in Atlantic City, Independence Beer Garden tapped Top Chef alum chef Travis Masar to run the kitchen and the folks at Groundswell Design Group, who are known for creating outdoor spaces like Spruce Street Harbor Park, to develop the design.

All in all, the addition of Independence Beer Garden to the neighborhood supplied America’s most historic square mile with a much-needed destination for casual alfresco eating, drinking and playing.

While the beer garden drew insanely large crowds all summer long, alas, Independence Beer Garden closes for the season this Sunday, November 2.

Before IBG shutters for the cold months, though, the beer garden welcomes alfresco-loving crowds starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday and starting at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday (weather permitting).

This last weekend of beer-fueled fun wraps with an Industry Night Closing Celebration on Sunday, November 2. The industry party, a monthly bash usually held at Marc Vetri’s Amis, is open to the public this Sunday to celebrate the garden’s wrap.

The party promises eats from the IBG menu and from Vetri’s Italian bar Alla Spina, plus $2 drafts and $5 cans from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Join in the last hurrah of IBG’s first season!

Independence Beer Garden Season Closer
When: Thursday, October 30-Sunday, November 2; Closing party, Sunday, November 2, 7 p.m.-midnight
Where: 100 S. Independence Mall West
Cost: Pay as you go
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October 30, 2014

Frankford Hall Celebrates Movemeber With A Kick Off Party Tonight, October 30, In Addition To Happy Hour Deals And Parties Throughout November

Frankford Hall

Kick off Movember at Frankford Hall at a party tonight featuring happy hour deals, professional barbers and more, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Movember — an initiative to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health — arrives at Frankford Hall with beer and food specials, parties, rare brews and plenty of facial hair all throughout November.

Tonight, October 30 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., guys and gals are invited out to celebrate Movember with fresh shaves (for the guys) from the barbershop groomers of the new Paul Labrecque Salon at The Rittenhouse and happy hour food and drink specials throughout the run of the party.

Beyond tonight, Frankford Hall will team up with a different brewery every Tuesday for a night of rare beer and fundraising for the Movember cause. Next Tuesday, November 4, DuClaw Brewing Company will serve up a rare keg of beer, on November 11, Fegley’s serves up an exclusive beer, and Yards and Victory follow suit on November 18 and November 25, respectively.

During each Tuesday night event, 10 percent of Frankford Hall’s sales will be donated to Movember.

The Movember festivities will close out on December 2 with a party for moustache-growers to show off their ‘staches.

Bonus: Everyone sporting a moustache for Movember will receive discounted draughts of beer — $4 for a half liter and $8 for a full liter — all month long.

Click here to register for Movember.

Movember at Frankford Hall
When: Thursday, October 30, 6-9:30 p.m.; Brewer’s Secret Stache, Tuesdays in November; Additional Specials Throughout November; Closing Party, Tuesday, December 2
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go
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October 30, 2014

Reminder: Halloween Weekend In Philadelphia Kicks Off Tonight And Continues Through Sunday With Tons Of Spooky Good Times


Up for a frightening good time? From Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary to a huge Halloween ball on Broad Street, Philadelphia brings it for Halloween 2014. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s time to start the spooktacular holiday weekend, Philadelphia.

We know, Halloween officially hits tomorrow, October 31, but we’re here to remind you there’s just one final day to plan out your partying, costume and plan of action.

Fortunately, we’ve done the legwork for you. We’ve compiled multiple lists of ways to spend Halloween weekend in Philadelphia in 2014.

From tons of parties on Halloween night to ways to spend the Day of the Dead, we have all the tips you need for a bloody awesome holiday weekend. Trust us, this city has an All Hallows’ Eve event for you.

Here are all of our guides to Halloween weekend in Philadelphia 2014.

A Day-By-Day Breakdown of the Best Halloween Events

Check out our day-by-day guide for how to spend Halloween weekend. MORE INFO

Top 10 Philadelphia-Inspired Halloween Costumes

C’mon, you know you want to dress up like Benjamin Franklin. MORE INFO

Parties On Halloween, Friday, October 31

All the parties and events on Halloween night, Friday, October 31. MORE INFO

A Guide To Day Of The Dead Celebrations In Philadelphia

Day of the Dead festivals and events around town. MORE INFO

Scary Attractions, Family-Friendly Events And More

An overview of all the Halloween fun. MORE INFO


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October 29, 2014

Tonight Picks: Final Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday At NMAJH, Terror Behind The Walls, Ghost Tours, Halloween Movies At PFS Roxy Theater, Yoga At Franklin Square And More


Tonight, the National Museum of American Jewish History closes out its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday promotion with a creative event featuring Martha Graham Cracker. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Tonight marks the final pay-what-you-wish Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The summer and fall series closes with a bang as the museum hosts a launch party for its creative residence program, which tonight will feature a special work by Martha Graham Cracker.

Halloween fun is brewing all around town with Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, a Halloween double feature at the PFS Roxy Theater and ghost tours in Old City.

Franklin Square hosts an evening of alfresco yoga this evening, too. Head to the historic park, with your yoga mat, and start the evening on the right… stretch.

Read on for our top picks for tonight.

Final Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of American Jewish History closes out its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday series with a launch party for OPEN for Interpretation, a residency program for creative thinkers. Tonight, the program welcomes Dito van Reigersberg (Martha Graham Cracker) and Andrew Nelson for a 45-minute audio tour of the museum’s galleries with Martha Graham Cracker narrating the tour. She will speak about rarely known exhibition details, fashion tips and how Jewish American history has helped shape non-traditional gender expectations.

When: Wednesday, October 29, 6-8 p.m.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost: Pay what you wish

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Halloween fun continues at the haunted attraction Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Put on your bravest face and head out for some serious scares. Tickets tonight are $19 in advance and $25 at the door. Save $3 when you purchase tickets to Terror Behind the Walls online using discount code VISITPHILLY31. Boo!

When: Wednesday, October 29, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 22nd and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: $19 in advance, $25 at the door

Sinister Cinema: Halloween at the PFS Roxy Theater

The Philadelphia Film Society celebrates Halloween with its Sinister Cinema: Halloween series. The series kicks off tonight with a double feature screening of Dracula on Wednesday, October 29. At 7:15 p.m., the 1931 version of the film will be screened, and at 9 p.m., Bram Stoker’s Dracula will scare up some fun. Tickets are $6.66 for general admission and $5 for Philadelphia Film Society members.

When: Wednesday, October 29, 7:15 and 9 p.m.
Where: PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street
Cost: General Admission, $6.66; PFS Members, $5

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Art Museum swings open its doors for whatever price you’d like to pay for its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. From 5 to 8:45 p.m., browse the galleries housed in the main building while enjoying yoga, live figure drawing, story time for youngsters and more.

When: Wednesday, October 29, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

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As part of a new series, M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel hosts live jazz and gin tastings in its outdoor courtyard and at its bar tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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October 29, 2014

Reminder: The Final Clover Market Of The Fall Season Brings High-End Vendors, Food Trucks And More To Ardmore This Sunday, November 2

Shop for a fine array of collectables and furnishings at the final Clover Market of the fall 2014 season in Ardmore this Sunday, November 2. (Photo by Carrie Hill Photography)

Fans of alfresco browsing and buying, take note: the last Clover Market of the fall is this Sunday, November 2 in Ardmore.

The outdoor high-end antiques bazaar has popped up in both Ardmore and Chestnut Hill this fall, and wraps up its 2014 fall season in downtown Ardmore with a Sunday market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Browse and buy from nearly 100 high-end vendors peddling antiques, art, jewelry, vintage and handmade goods. Way beyond a run-of-the-mill flea market, Clover Market features a juried (read: hand-picked!) selection of high-quality antique vendors, emerging and experienced artists, designers and craftspeople, who each have their own shop for the day.

This weekend, nearly 100 vendors will be on-site with a ton of new inventory to peruse and purchase. Check right here for the complete lineup in Ardmore this Sunday.

Beyond the great goods, Clover Market also includes a solid lineup of food vendors, too, with both Main Line restaurants and a selection of food trucks on hand.

Look for eats from Jack McSheas, Firinji & Fruzi, Snap Custom Pizza, New Hope Beverage and ReAnimator Coffee. The food trucks scheduled include Delicias, Taco Mondo, Mac Mart Cart, Surf and Turf Truck and Sweetbox Truck.

The market sets up shop in a parking lot right on Lancaster Avenue, within walking distance of of the Ardmore train station and Suburban Square, making the site accessible via multiple methods of transportation, including SEPTA Regional Rail.

For a complete list of vendors, check here, and for location maps and more, check here.

Happy treasure hunting!

Clover Market
When: Sunday, November 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 12 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
Cost: Pay as you go
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October 29, 2014

Liberty Lands Park In Northern Liberties Hosts A Neighborhood Halloween And Fall Festival This Sunday, November 2

Liberty Lands

Dance to live music, enjoy seasonal treats, check out a fire truck and more at Liberty Lands Park’s Kids’ Fall Festival, this Sunday, November 2. (Photo courtesy Northern Liberties Neighbors Association)

The Halloween spirit keeps on keepin’ on all weekend long with tons of neighborhood festivals, eerie tours and ghoulish celebrations throughout Philadelphia.

For those looking to continue the Halloween celebrations all the way through Sunday, head to Northern Liberties’ Liberty Lands Park for a community-driven festival on Sunday, November 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.

All afternoon, the free family-friendly event will take over the park with live entertainment, a moonbounce, cargo bike rides and the chance to check out a real fire truck.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume, too, and wrap up Halloween weekend with face painting, other autumnal crafts and seasonal treats like apple cider, baked goods and candy.

Entry to the festival is free, but certain take home craft stations may ask for a small donation. All donations benefit the neighborhood, though, so bring some cash for a good cause.

Kids’ Fall Festival at Liberty Lands Park
When: Sunday, November 2, 1-5 p.m.
Where: Liberty Lands Park, 926 N. American Street
Cost: Free
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October 29, 2014

Celebrate Day Of The Dead At The Penn Museum With Traditional Performances, Crafts, Food And More, Saturday, November 1

Penn Museum

The Penn Museum honors the Day of the Dead holiday with a variety of traditional events and activities on Saturday, November 1.
(Photo courtesy Penn Museum)

As part of its World Culture Series, The Penn Museum teams up with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia to bring Day of the Dead to the spotlight through a variety of family-friendly activities on Saturday, November 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Day of the Dead is a traditionally Mexican holiday that celebrates loved ones who have passed on with upbeat celebrations and dedications at colorful altars.

The Penn Museum celebrates the day with traditional music, dance performances, storytelling and puppetry. Also enjoy paper maché crafts, sugar skull crafts, mask making and sugar skull face painting.

While crafting and taking part in traditional Day of the Dead activities, nosh on pan de muerto bread and spicy hot chocolate. At 1:30 p.m., embark on a tour of the museum’s Mexico and Central America Gallery on a Culinary Expeditions tour.

Also browse a variety of creative Day of the Dead altars created by local community groups and an altar created by the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center.

The price of Day of the Dead activities is included in the price of general admission.

Bonus: Guests of the Day of the Dead celebrations will receive free admission to the Penn Museum’s Treasures Jewelry Sale and Show.

Day of the Dead at the Penn Museum
When: Saturday, November 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: Included in General Admission
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